Following a pair of surprising results in their opening round matches, albeit in contrasting fashion, British No. 1 Andy Murray will get a second lease on his US Open aspirations following his bizarre showing on Monday when he meets Germany’s Matthias Bachinger on Thursday afternoon. This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour.
Andy Murray took part in a surprisingly competitive opening round match in New York, where he was pushed to four sets by Dutchman Robin Haase. Murray held the early lead in the match, after he snatched the opening set comfortably 6-3 and the second set 7-6, but would suddenly embark on a dramatic drop in the quality of his playing, which saw Haase win the following set 6-1, and was up 4-1 in the fourth before Murray started a comeback to close out the set (and the match) 7-5.
It appeared as though Murray was cramping up during the match, which is what led to the abrupt turn during the match.
“I tried to hang around and tried to play without using my legs much. I managed to get through. These slams are physically challenging, but I need to work out why it happened. It shouldn’t have happened, regardless of the temperature.”
On Court 4, Czech No. 2 Radek Stepanek was upset by Matthias Bachinger 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 en route to the German’s first appearance in the second round of the US Open. Bachinger hit 7 aces, 7 winners and won 82% of his first service points.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, and should be a contest that favours the Scot. Sadly, though, he has proven to be a shadow of the player who won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2014, and will likely drop a set during this encounter in some bizarre fashion for no apparent reason.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Four Sets